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By Alyssa St-Jean (
Ok, so you have gained a few pounds over the last couple of weeks. No stress! It is completely normal and it happens. Now, it’s time to get back on track so that you can be a leaner and fitter you again! I bet you have already dived into all the weight loss tips and articles that you can find in order to lose the extra weight stat… Whoa! Slow down… Ever thought that maybe all the things that you are already doing may be what influenced your weight gain in the first place? Here is a list of things that you should NOT be doing after you have gained a few extra pounds or at any time really. 

Detoxifying & Fad Diets 

Detoxification and fad diets seem to be the big trend these days to achieve fast weight loss.  But theses diets are exactly what they say they are: Fast & Temporary… Not effective at all down the road… And, because of this, Fad diets and quick fix detoxes are often the cause of yoyo dieting. Sticking to a healthy/balanced lifestyle with a healthy diet regime is the best way to maintain a your fab figure! 

Overdosing on the exercises 

Exercising is never a bad thing! But, there is such a thing as too much. If you are trying to lose weight and adopt an exercise regime, you need to make sure that it is a feasible program for your daily lifestyle. If it is too much to handle, you will eventually give up. Also, if you go too hard during your workouts, you will find that you are really hungry after so you will end up eating more than normal and may even be overeating as well. So, by all means exercise! However, start slowly and progress your strength levels over time (even after you have reached your goal weight). It is all about consistency not frequency! 

Skipping Meals 

I often repeat this point because it is such an important one! DO NOT SKIP A MEAL! It does not help you in any way… Trust me! Skipping meals will only lead to binging episodes, a slow/malfunctioning metabolism and overeating in the long run. You have to stop making useless excuses such as: “I just don’t have the time to eat sometimes”. You need to take the time. An hour or two a week allows for plenty of time to make a meal plan and prep snacks, lunches and dinners for the days ahead. Never leave the house without food and that way you will always have something ready for when you are on the go during the day. 

Focusing on Negativity

Becoming a healthier you is a wonderful process and it is something to be proud of! Don’t talk down to yourself, don’t beat yourself up over the little things and most of all, don’t be your own bully! Be happy about the changes that your body is going through and acknowledge all the hard work you have put into it. By becoming a more positive person, the happier you will be and the easier your journey will become. 

Obsessing over digits

Get off that scale! It is misleading and deceiving. If you envision a number in hopes of seeing it on the scale and you don’t… it is not going to make you feel good about yourself and could possibly lead to a slip up. Your weight fluctuates depending on water intake, muscle gain and hormones. So, put it away! Designate one day a week to be your weigh in day and make sure it is always on the same day of the week, at the same time and in the same clothes. Don’t forget, the scale is just a number. The real success lies in how you feel about your body.

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